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Linn County: Another month, another record low unemployment stat

Linn County’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.1 percent in May, according to state data released on Tuesday.

For the fifth straight month, the county either tied or set another record-low unemployment figure. 47 more words

Albany Democrat Herald

Benton has lowest unemployment rate in state

Benton County’s unemployment rate stayed the same at 2.8 percent in May — the lowest mark in the state, as usual, thanks in large part to the presence of Oregon State University. 33 more words

Employment Department

Editorial: Keeping the public in the dark 

Two unrelated incidents this week in Linn County serve as reminders of how easy it can be for even well-meaning governmental bodies to operate outside of the public view. 11 more words


The voice on the line: 911 dispatchers stay calm when chaos strikes

We know them as 911 dispatchers. Professionally, they’re called public safety telecommunicators.

Whatever title we use, for the past 28 years in Linn County, within the network of first responders, they have been the anonymous conveyors of information, and the coordinators of help. 28 more words


Record low unemployment for Linn County, state

Linn County’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in April, the lowest local mark since the state began tracking county-by-county data in 1990.

The figure, released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday, is part of an overall positive picture for jobs in the mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon. 17 more words

Albany Democrat Herald

Lying in Wait: Linn County’s “No Rights to Homosexuals Code” removed after 20 years

Michaela Martin felt shock when she stumbled across a Linn County code entitled “No Rights to Homosexuals” on the county’s website in November 2016.

“When I first read it I didn’t know that it was unenforceable. 880 more words